September 01, 2009

Sophia's Failed Coup

September 1689

in 1664, a russian diplomat named Grigory Kotoshikhin fled Moscow, first heading for Poland and then continuing on to Sweden (he had been selling the Swedes information for years, so he was welcomed there with open arms). Kotoshikhin understood that he was expected to share the latest news, so he wrote a book in Stockholm that described contemporary Russian life in great detail. Naturally, he started from the top and described the life of the tsar and those around him. The fugitive also described what life was like for certain members of the court who were virtually never seen—the tsar’s daughters and sisters.


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